Friday 20 April 2018

Film Highlights Thursday

Identity Thief (2013)

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Sky Movies Premiere, 8.00pm

Seth Gordon's misfiring but intermittently funny comedy stars Jason Bateman as Sandy Patterson, a hard-working Denver financial executive who's filling his car with petrol one morning when his credit card is refused.

He subsequently discovers that his identity has been stolen by someone who's roaring through the state of Florida spending his money like a drunken sailor. Sandy goes to the Denver police, but they're not especially sympathetic, and it becomes clear that if he wants to clear his good name he'll have to find the culprit himself.

When Sandy arrives in Florida it doesn't take him long to track down Diana, but she soon draws him into her vortex of chaos. Melissa McCarthy (above) is good fun as the manic Diana, and Amanda Peet and Jon Favreau co-star.

Dr Strangelove (1964)

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Film4, 4.45pm

In Stanley Kubrick's hilarious but unsettling Cold War satire, an unhinged US Air Force general unleashes armaggedon when he decides to launch an unprovoked attack on the Soviet Union. George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden and Slim Pickens star, but Peter Sellers steals the show playing three characters, including a demented scientist.

The Night Riders (1939)

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TCM, 7.55pm

A young John Wayne heads the cast of this western set in Kentucky in 1904, when the repressive practices of the American Tobacco Company led by a small group of intrepid farmers began a campaign of terror that led to a wider conflict. Ray Corrigan co-stars.

Bad Santa (2003)

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Sky Movies Christmas, 8.00pm

Billy Bob Thornton gives a hilarious turn in this festive black comedy about a bitter and lonely alcoholic who works as a department store Santa but hates kids until he meets a sweet boy whose mother he is involved with. Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, John Ritter, Cloris Leachman and Tony Cox co-star.

Money Train (1995)

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Sky Movies Christmas, 10.00pm

Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson star in this noisy 1990s action thriller about a couple of New York transit cops who decide to rob the subway network's money train, which collects millions of dollars every night, after one of them loses their job.

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 12.40am

Comic fantasy very loosely based on a John Updike novel and starring Jack Nicholson as a devilishly attractive and mysterious man who moves to a small New England town where he seems to be the answer to three single women's prayers. With Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Jenkins and Veronica Cartwright.

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